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Talent Intelligence Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A small company with great culture and focus towards innovation!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Talent Intelligence Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Talent Intelligence Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Talent Intelligence full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Small organization that gives people the opportunity to learn, grow, and progress rapidly if they put in the work.
    - I felt like my managers listened to me regarding what projects or experiences I wanted to accomplish for my own personal growth.
    - Leadership team sits in Chicago office and is very accessible. Opportunities to work on one-off projects with CEO/SVP.
    - Great culture! Happy hours on Friday, pool table in the office, a work hard/play hard atmosphere. Week between Christmas/New Years the office closes.
    - Autonomy - if you are the type of individual that is self-driven, it is an environment where you will shine.

    Cons

    - A lot of the work is long-term projects that can last 6-12 months. At times it can be a little monotonous. The managers I worked with were very good about switching my focus to different industries or clients to liven things up.
    - Benefits are pretty standard. Would like to see a better 401k match, but at a smaller organization that may not be possible.

    Advice to Management

    - Keep focusing on innovation! Having everyone in the organization sit on some form of innovation committee (growth, technology, culture, training, etc.) is a fantastic initiative that gives employees a true outlet to influence TI.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Talent intelligence provides nothing to companies they can't do themselves."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Talent Intelligence full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Zero - the only thing positive is that it is a nice stroll to Nordstrom to hang out and not do your work because of the salt mine atmosphere.

    Cons

    Dishonesty and misrepresentation to current and prospective clients is a hallmark of doing business for Talent Intelligence. TI promises services they can't deliver because they don't have the funding to provide what they promise. They operate off of the receivables of current and new clients, have no cash reserves, and survive month-to-month off those receivables.

    Advice to Management

    Do what is right for the clients and the employees. Your demonstrated lack of honesty and integrity continues to harm your brand and reputation.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Small Company Experience and Culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Research Consultant
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Talent Intelligence full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to personally make a huge impact on Fortune 500 talent acquisition strategy. Ability to lead projects at various levels. Very little micro-management. Business model is very unique compared to executive search and recruiting firms.

    Cons

    Not having the ability to work from home. Could have more flexible "office hours" when specific accounts are performing extremely well.

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible on office hours if metrics are constantly being achieved. Put together a training program for individuals coming in ground level.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great challenge, good people and collaborative environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Talent Intelligence full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The organization is generous to employees who have a strong work ethic and who show promise in leadership. The culture and people are great; the environment in the office makes coming to work enjoyable. Projects are challenging and rewarding.

    Cons

    Some resources are limited as it is a smaller company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hardworking employees engaged and hold others accountable for their work.


  5. "Challenging but rewarding work environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Talent Intelligence full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities to challenge yourself and grow professionally. Talent Intelligence is great in training employees to be strategic, consultative and manage a project while also giving you the freedom to work and handle client engagements and challenges directly regardless of seniority level.

    Cons

    company, corporate structure around advancement

    Advice to Management

    Create more structure around advancement opportunities for key employees. A better understanding of what is expected and required of employees to reach their individual career goals would be a valuable corporate upgrade.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "I have been challenged and grown as an employee and manager at TI."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Talent Intelligence full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging projects, diverse and exciting clients, energetic coworkers. There are opportunities to gain knowledge in a variety of industries and learn from people who have experience completing complicated competitive intelligence projects.

    Cons

    Time zone challenges with international clients sometimes make your work day start early or end late.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to grow your staff and spread the message to a large audience.


  7. "Great concept, some great people, a very poor manager in US"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    The problems have been removed. The person now running the US is brilliant and knows this industry. This company does some very strategic and interesting work. The international culture is fantastic. Some really great people have worked at TI.

    Cons

    Management a bit quirky and lacking clear intiatives. Need good sales executive with C-Level contacts to expand in US.

    Advice to Management

    Understand how to hire and retain good employees particularly high level management.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Going from strength to strength"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Talent Intelligence full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Talent Intelligence has grown a lot in the past 4 years, and that growth has given team members who are prepared to work hard huge scope for development. The overall management style is trusting, rather than micro management. The company has changed focus in the last 2 or three years but for people with an open mind, and who are change agile, the adjustment is exciting.

    Cons

    Sometimes poor performers aren't moved on soon enough. There is a culture of giving second chances, and of working with people so they improve. This mostly works, but occasionally people have taken advantage of it.

    Advice to Management

    This is a great company to work for. Thank you for all the opportunities I was given. Keep looking for the best in people.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Misselling like PPI"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Talent Intelligence full-time

    Pros

    1. Depending on who you work with good client exposure

    2. Occasional international travel

    3. Decent Salary

    Cons

    1. Line managers have no management training and therefore have no clue

    2. Career progression = 0. No training or opportunities to develop

    3. The senior team are about as transparent as a brick

    4. If you hear the words "Management Consultancy" replace with "Recruitment and some Consultancy"

    5. If you hear the term innovation know you'll be selling old office equipment and buying plants the process will take around 4/5 months

    6. Clients are misled as to resourcing for the account to gain revenue and research methods used

    Advice to Management

    1. Bring in someone to handle employee learning and development

    2. You're not the Freemason be more transparent with the employees - for example when one leaves announce it

    3. Provide employees with training at all level it will only help you


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Lots to consider"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Talent Intelligence full-time

    Pros

    - You'll likely work with good people. There are a lot of people at TI who are passionate about what they do, who are bright and interesting, who are genuinely caring and helpful, and who are fun to be around.

    - Recruitment companies stereotypically have a cut-throat culture and a destructive, 'boiler-room' environment. TI is not like this at all. The people are friendly and the atmosphere is pleasant.

    - Pretty good base salaries (for people who make sure they're not getting ripped off, see cons).

    - Good work/life balance.

    - Senior management are nice on the whole.

    - SOME people have OCCASIONAL opportunities to do work that isn't recruitment.

    - Some good clients. Long term relationships.

    - International travel for around half the staff.

    Cons

    - The company is primarily a recruitment company. The work will be 80% - 100% recruitment, depending on team (more likely to be 100% than 80%). There are advantages to working at TI over a traditional recruitment company (see pros), but don't join TI expecting to do consulting work.

    - TI can pay generously. TI can also pay in an exploitative way if they believe the person will take it. Do not settle for very low salaries. Ask what the average pay is for each role if considering joining. There are so many ranks that they should be able to tell you accurately.

    - Tendency to backtrack on promises, e.g. mis-selling the nature of the company and potential earnings, and misleading people about promotions or other opportunities. If it sounds untrue, it's probably untrue.

    - The culture can be odd, particularly the emphasis on 'seniority'. E.g. the structure is very hierarchical, some people imply 'senior' staff should be treated with more respect than other staff, and new members of staff are encouraged to do personal errands for 'senior' staff. 'Seniority' appears to be based almost entirely on length of service and not on merit.

    - Very limited scope for career development (beyond gaining 'seniority').

    - Limited transparency. Unclear and inconsistent reasoning for promotions. Random things are kept secret for no reason.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and respectful to staff.


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